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. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. >> fascinating stuff. >> the church had a response to the book, saying it is stale. the allegations invented by a handful of confessed liars. and we're right back. ♪ >>> well, before you could get advice from all of your facebook friends, remember those days there was dear abby. it was a baseline for american behavior. >> her real name was pauline phillips and she passed away at the age of 94. >> reporter: she was google and groucho all in one. delivering wise one liners in answer to any question. a reader once asked is it possible to get pregnant under water? her response? not without a man. her audience was bigger than oprah's. >> i asked her what paper would you buy? >> i read the one that has dear abby. >> reporter: fozy bear's favorite. dexter's, too. >> dear abby, i'm a serial killer. >> reporter: dear abby always judged problems with common sense without judging the readers too harshly. >> i'm a hills boro housewife. i never worked a day of my life. >> reporter: she told larry king she got her big break when she barged into the editor's
with former church officials, and some of its famous members were also interviewed. here's abc's dan harris. >> you see things the way they are. >> reporter: from celebrity members like tom cruise, to the legions of unknown uniformed worker bees behind the scenes, the book "going clear" is a sweeping look at scientology. >> life after death is life after death. >> reporter: the book traces the faith of its founding ron l. hubbard to its current leader, david miscavige. >> i've never met a more competent, a more intelligent, a more tolerant and compassionate being. we are lucky it have you and thank you very much. >> reporter: but some have accused >> reporter: but some have and miscavige of being physically abusive. debbie cook once ran the flag base in clear water, florida. >> i witnessed mr. miscavige physically punching. >> reporter: as part of a now settled court battle with the church, she testified she saw miscavige punch a fellow scientology executive and that while he never hit her, he did order his secretary to do so. you're in a room with her and he tells his secretary to slap you
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